Order LAMNIFORMES Berg, 1958
Jaekelotodus robustus (Leriche, 1921)

Hypotodus robustus in Nolf (1988).

All figured teeth were collected in late Palaeocene (middle or late Thanetian) localities.

This species is described by Leriche (1905) as Odontaspis crassidens and was later by the same author referred to as Odontaspis robusta (1921). Nolf (1988) moved this species to the genus Hypotodus.

As Odontaspid teeth are slender with high and sharp cusplets, they can be easily differentiated from the massive robustus teeth with reduced cusplets. For this raison, Cappetta & Nolf (2005) attributed the species robustus to the genus Jaekelotodus, a genus Menner created in 1928 for trigonalis specimens from the late Eocene of Ukraine. Less convincing was the rejection (Cappetta & Nolf, 2005:246) of the by L.S. Glickman (1964) erected family Jaekelotodontidae as the family for these teeth; instead of the Odontaspididae.

In global teeth are large (up to 4cm) with massive roots and a distinct nutrient groove. The crown face is smooth on both sides. The anterior teeth are robust with mostly only one pair of sharp cusplets. Lower anteriors have a thick protuberance, while uppers are flatter. Lateral teeth often have two pair of cusplets. Upper laterals are very particular: a wide crown which is (strongly) distally inclined and rounded root tips. Lower laterals are more slender and straighter.

In our region, Jaekelotodus robustus was found in middle Thanetian, late Palaeocene (few specimens) to middle Eocene sediments.

Jaekelotodus robustus
(Leriche, 1921)
- Second lower anterior -
Late Thanetian, France
Jaekelotodus robustus (Leriche, 1921)
- upper lateral -
Late Thanetian (NP9), France
Jaekelotodus robustus
(Leriche, 1921)
- Third lower anterior -
Middle Thanetian, France


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